Where next?: Leadership is required from religious patrons, unions and politicians, but this has been lacking, according to Prof John Coolahan

The Catholic Church controls 90 per cent of Ireland’s primary schools. About 6 per cent are under the patronage of other religions, primarily(...)

Arlene Foster with  Peter Robinson at the DUP conference, where her speech received a prolonged standing ovation. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Years ago, at a Fermanagh Ulster Unionist party function, a journalist from the Impartial Reporter asked a young Arlene Foster about her political amb(...)

Peter Robinson: menace, bite and presence. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

How many Ulster Unionists does it take to change a light bulb? None, the Ulster Unionist Party can’t change anything. That was Peter Robinson from his(...)

Peter Robinson being led into Ballybay court in 1986, where he was remanded on bail. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

For the residents of the normally quiet village of Clontibret, it was a startling sight as the darkened main street was taken over by a mob, some wear(...)

But the past is not just about British national security, about the military and intelligence agencies and what information will be disclosed. This process is no closer to understanding what co-operation it could expect from the IRA and the various loyalist organisations.  PA

On the cover of the latest Stormont deal the words “A fresh start” are typed. They are meant to signal yet another new beginning, another moment when (...)

Padraig Pearse (1879 - 1916), the Irish writer, educator and nationalist politician who joined the IRB (Irish Republican Brotherhood), directed the Easter Rising in April 1916 and became the first president of the Provisional Irish Republic. When he surrendered to the British in the same month, he was arrested, court-martialled and shot.

Ghosts On December 25th, 1915 (his last Christmas), Pádraig Pearse signed off a pamphlet entitled Ghosts, hardly Yuletide fare. Though he a(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: said the deal would allow Northern Ireland to “achieve a society free of paramilitarism”

Taoiseach Enda Kenny welcomed the Fresh Start agreement, saying it would allow Northern Ireland to “achieve a society free of paramilitarism”. He also(...)

Pamela Mitford, painted in Paris c1925, by Paul César Helleu (1859-1927). The portrait will go under the hammer in Dublin next month

In the 1950s Pamela Jackson, an Englishwoman who lived at Tullamaine Castle near Fethard, Co Tipperary decided to leave Ireland. She had separated fro(...)

Peter Barrett, who has died aged 59, was Church of Ireland bishop of Cashel and Ossory and one of the outstanding Christian pastors of his generation (...)

 President Michael D Higgins and Major General David O’Morchoe, President Royal British Legion, lay wreaths at the Remembrance Sunday service, at St Patrick’s cathedral, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

There is not a village or town in any county in Ireland that did not suffer losses in the first World War, a remembrance service at St Patrick’s Ca(...)